Above is this week's Faidian Slip. Below is unrelated Faidthoughts.
Today on JMTC there was a great post by Aliciana about claiming niche markets, I recommend you all check it out if you haven't already. When I first noticed the post, though, something stood out to me. The image they used was from Nerf Faids, complete with the border colored #28222 that I add to my images. I was a bit taken aback, I'd never anticipated seeing JMTC or Ali ripping images, as I respect both of these blogs/bloggers very much.
The image isn't actually mine; it's cited in the original post as being from a site about India. I had come across it while googling something about making gold. I posted a comment on the blog post basically saying "You may want to cite sources in the future."
As of this posting there are two responses to my blog comments.
Faid, you gave credit yourself to another web site, just because you put a new boarder on it doesn't make it your photo. Get over yourself, please.This one I was actually really surprised by. Plagiarism isn't something to "get over." Granted, the image and its use is probably covered by Fair Use, but I still find it rather unethical to use it without citing your source. Perhaps it's because I've had academic integrity shoved down my throat every semester or because I've taken too many ethics courses but I feel guilty if I use something without crediting my source. This isn't about me, I don't need to get over myself. This is about doing what's right. I don't want a citation to Nerf Faids, I would much prefer a citation to indiacurrentaffairs.org. I'm not upset because zomgI got ripped off. I'm upset because a blog I greatly admire is doing something unethical in my eyes and I wish it wouldn't.
That said, JMTC has added a citation since (To me, but at least it's a start.) and has also actually let both of my blog comments through, which surprised and pleased me. They've been very respectable about this in all steps of the way and I hold no grudge against Mageshadow, Markco, or Aliciana. Mistakes are made, promptly corrected, and we move on. =]
The other comment was something about me being "so butt-hurt lately" and about how I attempt to convey a message that I'm the greatest at everything. lolzy, really, but worth a mention. =D